S: The Nasty Nine
FC: welcome to corpus christi, texas | the nasty nine years
1: FORWARD | This book is a compilation of photographs and text "as it actually happened" and is meant to depict the activities of a particular group of individuals, both civilian and military, who lived in or around Corpus Christi, Texas, during the years of 1964 through 1968. At the core of this unique society was a group known as the "Nasty Nine". The "Nasty Nine" was comprised of a loosely knit group of nine individuals from vastly differing parts of the country. How they found and befriended each other was facilitated in large part by being members of the United States Navy and stationed at the US Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, at the same time. All nine members of this group were assigned to either Training Squadron 29 (VT29), Training Squadron 31 (VT31) or the NAS Aircraft Maintenance Depot (AMD). Of merit is that these nine individuals met through a network of friends meeting friends of friends and occurred some 40+ years before the advent of Facebook. The nine individuals noted above proudly served the United States Navy and their Country by being hands-on members of a support organization whose primary focus was the maintenance of aircraft used in the training of future Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers. Their days were spent in support of aircraft mechanical systems, electrical systems, avionics systems or propulsion systems, while their nights were spent in an effort to expand their working knowledge of healthy, attractive and well-developed young ladies living in Nueces County, Texas. In their endeavors to expand the working knowledge noted above, covert night operations would often employ a Recon-Interaction methodology. This system was enacted by a number of individuals who worked as a team to lure shapely young ladies into spirited conversation and subsequent alcohol enhanced merriment. Surprisingly, the success of this method was often a function of the group's mean level of sophistication. The more sophisticated members of the group being offset by the more socially crude members of the group often made a pleasant and enticing lure for any gathering of unsuspecting young females. Whichever type of gentleman the ladies favored that particular evening would be available in at least one member of the group. The relationships forged during those years have endured to this day. To our collective knowledge, at this writing, only two members of the "Nasty Nine" are no longer with us. Mr. Jack Stowers died in 2006 in his native Oklahoma and Mr. Leonard "Johnny" Johnson died in Colorado circa 2012. Their memory lives on in our hearts and on these pages, RIP Jack and Johnny...we'll all meet again someday. Editor's Note: The photographic coverage of the events shown in this book is spotty and erratically timed, at best. These are pictures taken by a number of individuals and are not fully inclusive of the period. Many of the best photographs taken have been either lost or destroyed in the years since then. What is included represents the best of what is available.
3: NAS Corpus Christi...Home of Navy Training Squadrons VT28...VT29...VT31 | VT-29 | Grumman TS-2A | Douglas R4D | Convair T29
4: #1 - GARY BOOTHE Wichita, Kansas | #3 - JACK STOWERS El Reno, Oklahoma | #4 - LEONARD (Johnny) JOHNSON Wild Horse, Colorado | MEET THE NASTY NINE | #6 - BILL MOREU Ada, Oklahoma | # 9 - NORMAN (Woody) WOODWARD Cooleemee, NC | #2 - CARL JONES | #7 - CHRIS SANDOVAL Clovis, New Mexico | #8 - MIKE COLLINS Minneapolis, Minnesota | #5 - BOBBY POPLIN Clemmons, North Carolina | Lt. Gene Doswell | Lt. Chris Evans
5: Lt. Chris Evans and Gary Boothe | Gary Boothe | Mike Collins and Bill Moreu | Mike Collins | Bill Moreu and Woody | Sailors at Work and Play | Bill Moreu | Gary Puyear
6: Remembering corpus christi | Texas Women | Padre Island | Padre Island Causeway | CC Harbor Bridge | The Pozo Seco Singers Don Williams, Susan Taylor and Lofton Kline | Tony Joe White frequently played at the Stork Club - on Sundays $1 a pitcher! | Corpus Christi Skyline at night
7: Texas Girls | The 60's | Madalyn (Maddy) Wells | Carolyn (Coyn) Poindexter | Erin Plumb | Maddy and Erin | Cathy Bergner | Erin and Coyn | ? | Ann Sandoval
8: Bill Moreu | Gary Puyear | Larry Love and Gary Boothe | Gary Boothe | Erin Plumb and John Spencer | Carolyn (Coyn) and John Spencer | HANGIN' OUT IN CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - 1966/67 | Erin Plumb and Carolyn Poindexter (Coyn) | Larry Love, Erin, Gary Boothe | Jim Fitch and Erin Plumb | Woody and Cathy Bergner
9: HANGIN' OUT IN CORPUS CHRISTI, TX | Gary Boothe and Carl Jones | Coyn and Gary Boothe | Chris and Ann Sandoval | Bobby Popliin Jack Stowers "Johnny" Johnson | Johnny Johnson Larry Love Bobby Poplin Jack Stowers | Carl Jones. Johnny Johnson, Noel Gage, Jack Stowers Bobby Poplin | The night Coyn and Erin met some of the guys who would become part of the Nasty Nine | Erin playing Twister with ?
10: Hangin' out at Pick's Drive-In in the 60's Corpus Christi, Texas | Woody, Mike Collins | Mike Collins | Bill Moreu | Mike Collins, Erin | Erin, Mike Collins | Erin | Coyn
11: Gary Boothe and Chris Sandoval | Making the Punch | Chris Sandoval and Erin Plumb | Erin, Sandy, Coyn, Fitch and Boothe | Sandoval, Jones, Boothe and others | Coyn | Pizza, Mystery Punch and Picnics | Coyn | Nasty Nine Picnic at Lake Mathis
12: Bill Moreu | Bill Moreu | Hagen and Spencer
13: Gary Boothe and Jack Stowers | Maddy and Erin | Maddy and Erin | Coyn and Gary Boothe | Jim Fitch and Gary Boothe
14: Erin, Madalyn Wells, Gary Boothe | Boats, Poplin, Burfening and Maddy | Beer tastes better from a belly-button | Maddy and Boothe | Jack Friese and Susan, Boothe and Maddy, Woody and Kathy | Boothe and Maddy | Carolyn (Coyn) Poindexter | Burfening, Jerry Vetter, Joan, Erin, Johnny, Maddy
15: Happy Birthday #1 | Gary Boothe | Happy Birthday Cake for Gary Boothe | Jack Stowers | PADRE ISLAND 1967
16: The Stork | L to R: Johnny Johnson, Bobby Poplin, Jack Stowers, Larry Love, Noel Gage, J.C. Burfening | Poplin dancing on the table | L to R: Johnny Johnson, Bobby Poplin, and Jack Stowers
17: Club | L to R: Erin Plumb and Johnny Johnson | Lt. Gene Doswell | Johnny Johnson and Gary Boothe
18: Larry Love, Angelo DeFazio | Erin and Johnny Johnson | Johnny Johnson, Bobby Poplin | Claude Plumb, Mary Jayne Plumb, Johnny Johnson and Erin Plumb | Claude Plumb, Mary Jayne Plumb, Erin Plumb and Sandy Evans
19: Marsha Holstein and Gary Boothe | Jack Friese and Susan | Johnny Johnson, Erin Plumb, Gary Boothe, Jack Stowers, Bill Moreu and Marilyn Vanecek
20: The Countdown to 1967 | Marsha Holstein on the table and counting down! | Chris Sandoval representing the New Year's Baby!
21: Marilyn Vanecek and Bill Moreu | Marilyn Vanecek and Bill Moreu | Erin and Johnny Johnson | Sandy and Chris Evans
22: Celebration at the Stork Club for Bill Moreu GETTING OUT OF THE NAVY! January, 1967 | Jack Stowers and Madalyn Wells | Erin and Johnny Johnson | Gary Boothe, Bill Moreu, Jack Stowers | Bill Moreu, Erin | Bill Moreu
23: Marilyn Vanecek and Bill Moreu | Bill Moreu and Woody | Bill Moreu and Gary Boothe | Boothe, Woodward, Stowers, Poplin, Johnson and Moreu | And then there were six .. | Maddy and Bill | Erin and Sandy
24: Hanging out at Padre Island - 1966 | THE PADRE ISLAND DEFENSIVE FORCE! The prime deterrent against amphibious assault by the forces of evil! (left to right) Barry Haines (Hodaddy) Bill Moreu, Stoney Riggins,Carl Jones, Jack Stowers, Gary Boothe, Woody Woodward, Mike Collins, Jerry Vetter, Bobby Poplin and Chris Sandoval Photography by Johnny Johnson
25: Padre Island Reunion of the Nasty Nine in 1981 | Poplin, Johnson, Moreu | Johnson, Moreu, Collins and Poplin | Gary Boothe, ? , Jack Stowers, Johnny Johnson, Bobby Poplin, Bill Moreu, ?, Louie Delsignore Mike Collins | Poplin, Boothe
26: The Reunion 1981 | Bill Moreu and Mike Collins | Jack Stowers, Johnny Johnson | Mike Collins, Johnny Johnson, Bill Moreu, Jack Stowers
27: Louie Delsignore, Mike Collins | Coyn, Gary Boothe and Erin | Gary Boothe, Erin | Coyn, Gary Boothe and Erin | Boothe and Stowers | Johnson, Stowers, Boothe, Poplin
28: Coyn, Moreu and Erin 2015 | Gary Puyear, Coyn Puyear, Erin Plumb, Bill Moreu | Coyn and Erin | Coyn, Moreu and Erin | Gary, Coyn, and Bill Moreu - 2015 | Erin and Bill Moreu | Coyn and Erin around 2012
29: Woodward, Poplin, Boothe, Puyear and Moreu | Gary Boothe and Margie Jackson | Susan and Gene Doswell | Norman "Woody" Woodward | Bill Husband | Woody and Moreu | Boothe and Woody
30: The Boys and Their Toys | Mike Collins | Bill Moreu | Gary Boothe | Chris (Sandy) Sandoval | Gary Puyear
31: Road Trip, Oct 2015: Mike Collins & Bill Moreu. . | Logistics: Riding Harleys from Lodi, CA to Corvallis, OR and return. Mission: To visit Bill & Jeffrie Husband. MISSION SUCCESSFUL | Mike Collins & Bill Moreu | The journey begins!
32: REST IN PEACE GARY WAYNE BOOTHE